British Literature

AP Literature prep from Sonlight
Age Range: 17-18 & above
Grade Range: 11-12
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A college-prep survey of significant, beautiful literature. With this package students will survey key works of British Literature. Gain independence in learning: complete lesson plans and materials guide them each day. Hone their skills in creative writing and academic essays. Prepare for the AP English Literature Exam* and be equipped for university-level study.


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A college-prep survey of significant, beautiful literature

  • Survey key works of British Literature.
  • Help young scholars gain independence in learning: complete lesson plans and materials guide them each day.
  • Watch students hone their skills in creative writing and academic essays.
  • Prepare for the AP English Literature Exam* and equip students for university-level study.
  • Combine this unique literature-only program with other Sonlight high school subjects for a complete one-year high school curriculum.

A unique and robust literature course

British Literature 630 is a complete, one-year literature program. My daughter Amy (a literature-major and homeschooling mom) and I designed it to help prepare students for college and life. Students evaluate beauty and literature from an academic perspective and biblical worldview.

This course is largely self-guided. You, Mom or Dad, will primarily act as a coach, encouraging, cheering and monitoring the progress of your students.

Choose this program to ...

Help your students engage thoughtfully with the world around them, and:

  • Write with clarity, punch and purpose.
  • Confidently analyze a work's message, literary style and aesthetic qualities.
  • Evaluate truth, beauty and goodness in works of cultural importance.
  • Vastly expand their vocabulary.
  • Gain confidence in how to practically approach and analyze poetry.
  • Gain appreciation for classic literature.
  • Prepare for college and/or prepare to take the AP* exam in English Literature.

This guided journey through literature and literary analysis features a wide variety of forms and genres. You'll start with a heroic epic poem written when the Christian gospel first came to the British Isles. Then read tales of a knight of the Round Table. Ponder the human condition as expressed in Shakespeare's tragic play Hamlet. Engage with classic novels by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte and Lewis Carroll. Discover a variety of gripping poetic forms.

Interspersed among the famous "Great Conversation" texts, relax with popular characters including Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan and P. G. Wodehouse's famous butler, Jeeves.

Experience the horror of life without laws or God in works such as Lord of the Flies, Passage to India, and Frankenstein.

Then study insightful and influential Christian works such as Milton's Paradise Lost and C. S. Lewis' The Great Divorce.

Students could earn college credit!

British Literature 630 also prepares students for the AP* exam. Colleges often award credit to students who do well on the exam.

The AP English Literature Exam requires students to understand literary terms, analyze poetry, know a few literary works in depth and write compelling literary analysis. This course specifically equips them in all these skills.

Combine 630 with other courses

You can combine the 36-week British Literature course with one of our 36-week high school history courses to create a custom experience for your students.

Or, you may also choose to combine it with other other upper-level courses of your choice, such as Psychology, Economics, College & Career Planning and What Good is Christianity), as well as Science and Math.

With Literature 630, you receive:

Instructor's Guide

Self-directed instruction in this classic literature package empowers your students to independently follow their Student Guide each day. Stay in tune and check their progress with your corresponding Parent Guide that includes answers and extra notes.

Request the first three weeks of the Parent and Student Guides for free at

British Literature

Includes 24 masterpieces of literature woven together into a cohesive study.


These practical tools give students keys to understand poetry and advanced vocabulary.

Language Arts

Students receive excellent instruction to help them write college-level academic and creative compositions.

Solid preparation for the years ahead

May your students enjoy these beautiful and thought-provoking works as they prepare for life beyond high school!

*AP and Advanced Placement are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse this product.

Instructor's Guide
  • Literature 630 Parent Guide
    Complete lesson plans and teaching helps you need to effectively teach Level 630 Literature and Language Arts for the entire year.
    Retail: $64.00
  • Literature 630 Student Guide
    The complete lesson plans, assignments and tips students need to learn British Literature, Poetry and Vocabulary, and Language Arts. Instructor's Guide for Level 630 Literature and Language Arts.
    Retail: $37.00
  • A Severe Mercy
    The autobiography of two pagans, deeply in love, who come to Christ. One follows wholeheartedly, the other holds back. Moving, thought-provoking, beautiful.
    Retail: $15.99
  • Word Power Made Easy
    Consumable. The Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary. Vocabulary study at its finest.
    Retail: $9.99
  • Sound and Sense Answer Key
    Every poem brings several thought-provoking, unanswered questions. Use our answers a starting point for discussion, or as a help when stumped.
    Retail: $14.00
  • The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
    These stories show Holmes' successes, his mistakes, his biographer, and, finally, his nemesis.
    Retail: $14.00
  • Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass
    As a critic says, the worlds of childhood, dreams, nonsense and logic meet in this delightful and unexpected story.
    Retail: $11.00
  • Beowulf
    The first major English epic poem, translated by a Nobel-Prize winning poet.
    Retail: $15.95
  • Dubliners
    Fifteen short stories by arguably the most influential writer of the 20th Century show snapshots of life in Dublin.
    Retail: $7.00
  • Emma
    Clever Emma is clueless about matchmaking. She thwarts good relationships and tries to create romance where none could exist. Finally, to her chagrin, she realizes how little she knows.
    Retail: $7.95
  • Frankenstein
    Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, is the original Gothic horror story that started a genre. Doctor Victor Frankenstein creates a monster that yearns for companionship. Universally spurned, the monster...
    Retail: $10.00
  • The Great Divorce
    The speaker tours hell and heaven and offers insight into man's sinful nature and God's grace. Challenging.
    Retail: $17.99
  • Gulliver's Travels
    Do rebellions really start over something so trivial as which end of a hard-boiled egg to break? Author Jonathan Swift's satire lampoons his society. The "Gulliver's Travels" book is very witty.
    Retail: $7.95
  • Hamlet
    There's something rotten in the state of Denmark. Prince Hamlet learns that the King murdered his father — but is revenge the answer? This "Shakespeare Made Easy: Hamlet" text combines the original...
    Retail: $7.99
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
    In "The Important of Being Earnest" book by author Oscar Wilde, a bored lord invents a relative as a useful excuse for avoiding unpleasant social engagements.
    Retail: $3.00
  • Lord of the Flies
    William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" is about a plane crash strands schoolboys on a tropical island. Their attempt to self-govern reveals the awful depths of human depravity.
    Retail: $12.00
  • Paradise Lost
    John Milton's "Paradise Lost" is the story of Adam and Eve: their creation, bliss, temptation, fall, and subsequent misery. Throughout, he alludes to the future redemption by the second Adam. A masterpiece.
    Retail: $12.00
  • A Passage to India
    One of the most lyrical writers of the 20th Century, this EM Forster novel highlights the cultural differences between British colonials and their Indian counterparts. Can an Indian and a Brit be friends?...
    Retail: $15.99
  • Peter Pan
    The unabridged story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, and the girl who tried to be his mother.
    Retail: $5.95
  • Pygmalion
    Linguist Henry Higgins teaches a guttersnipe to speak properly and passes her off on high society. Are people more than mere appearances? This play was the basis for the musical My Fair Lady
    Retail: $4.00
  • Right Ho, Jeeves
    Two people are in love. Marriage doesn't seem far away. But when Bertie Wooster wishes to help, the expected happy ending proves ever more elusive. Hysterically funny.
    Retail: $13.95
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    A sailor kills an albatross and finds himself punished horribly as a result. Can there be forgiveness? A haunting epic ballad.
    Retail: $4.00
  • The Secret Sharer & Other Stories
    Powerful short stories about sailing and the sea. The title is about a captain who shields a stowaway, almost at the expense of his command, his boat, and his sanity. Masterful.
    Retail: $5.00
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    One of the earliest and finest accounts of King Arthur's court. Combination of Middle English text and modern day translation. His honor challenged, Sir Gawain confronts his foe, and along the way overcomes...
    Retail: $14.95
  • A Tale of Two Cities
    The French Revolution, also known as the best of times and the worst of times, are backdrops for Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities." A vivid picture of class struggles shown through the lens of two...
    Retail: $12.00
  • Three Men in a Boat
    Three friends decide to spend a week relaxing in a boat on the Thames. Forget the relaxation! The author's dry humor and insightful commentary — compared favorably to Mark Twain's! — will keep you...
    Retail: $13.00
  • Wuthering Heights
    The civilized Linton children meet the wild Catherine Earnshaw and her savage adopted brother Heathcliff. The families intermarry and passion, betrayal, hatred, and death follow. Wuthering Heights by...
    Retail: $8.00
  • Sound and Sense
    Unlocks the depth and delight of poetry.
    Retail: $135.95
  • The Canterbury Tales
    Chaucer. A band of pilgrims tell stories as they travel. A delightful gallery of verbal portraits. A bit bawdy at times, yes, but so vivid, fresh, and interesting, it's astonishing to think that these...
    Retail: $11.00
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